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Sex, Rock and Photography

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From September 15 to October 23, 2022, Zurich’s Photobastei dedicates its 3rd floor
to the exhibition ‘Participant Observer’ with works by Leni Sinclair. The German-American photographer, who is also a co-founder of the ‘White Panthers’ anti-racist political collective, is best known for her extraordinary images of America’s rebellious 1960s music scene.

Leni Sinclair (b. 1940 in Königsberg, Germany) left the GDR shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall. In the early 1960s, she settled in Detroit, USA, before marrying the poet, anarchist and music producer John Sinclair. As a political activist and photographer, Leni Sinclair not only captured the beatniks, artists and musicians of her time (among them John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Iggy Pop, John Lennon and Yoko Ono), but also documented the fight for civil rights in intense and moving images. Her oeuvre is a vibrant testament to the inextricable link between music and civil rights politics in the US during the 1960s and 70s.

For further information visit Photobastei Zürich

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